At one of my regular artist salons, I set the group task of generating a set of rules for artist's behaviour. This is clearly an odd task and was not one that many were particularly happy to engage with! The general consensus was that we did not have the right to prescribe the actions of others. Some refused point blank stating that there should be "No rules!", which somewhat mystically became rule number 7.
I set the task because I wanted to think and hear about the personal "rules" that my friends subjected themselves to. Even if they weren't prepared to believe that these rules should be applied universally. Perhaps they aren't even rules at all.
The rules were actually written on a cloth napkin, smeared with chocolate cake and then tied around the neck of a glass water bottle. At some point I will upload a picture of the napkin.
Please add responses and your personal rules in the comments.
These are the rules that were generated by the salon.
(As they were being created we acknowledged that at any time they might need to be destroyed entirely.)
1. No cocaine
2. Must be beautiful
3. Learn how to draw (respect doodles)
4. The work is more important than the man
5. Be informative
6. Shut up about the art-world
7. No rules
8. No work about money
9. Have discipline
10. Don't repeat anything more than three times
11. No irony
12. Psychological danger - Do it
13. Fuck semantics
14. Fashion is not art
15. Art is not fashion
16. Be totally convinced of your ideas at the same time ready to relinquish them entirely
17. Trust intuition
18. No hierarchy of education
19. Be melodramatic
20. Storytelling is SO important